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LAFC roundup: Gameday updates, broadcast schedule and more

Sep 22, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles FC fans react in the second half against the San Jose Earthquakes at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC defeated the Earthquakes 2-0. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

With the MLS regular season and home opener just days away, LAFC is in the process of releasing the final updates for the 2019 season. In a busy week full of fan appearances and charity opportunities, the team is also smoothing out its gameday and broadcast plans for its second season in the MLS. 

Banc of California stadium announces new plans for parking, ticketing

LAFC rolled out several new plans and additions in attempt to make the gameday experience more enjoyable for fans. The first step was to make mobile ticketing a necessity, requiring all fans to load their tickets onto their phones and banning printed tickets from all 2019 matches. Fans can download the LAFC app to purchase and load tickets.

The club also announced a new partnership with ParkWhiz, an app that allows users to purchase parking spaces in advance to streamline the process of parking on game day. Again, this addition relies on smartphones, requiring fans to purchase their parking spaces on the ParkWhiz app or the LAFC app and then to use it to navigate to the correct space. 

LAFC announces local broadcast schedule

In addition to its national broadcasts, LAFC announced today a total of 18 local broadcasts in the 2019 season in partnership with Univision Los Angeles. Two of the games will be on UniMás KFTR, and the remaining 16 will be on partner station KVMD.

The first of the regular-season games to be broadcast in Spanish will be on March 23 against Real Salt Lake. All 18 of the Univision broadcasts will be in Spanish to complement the English broadcasts on YouTube TV. The team’s full broadcast schedule can be viewed here.

“Univision continues its commitment to showcasing the best in sports, offering our audience quality programming and a great broadcast experience,” Univision Los Angeles president Luis Patiño said. “There are no bigger sports fans than Latinos in Los Angeles, and we are excited to once again partner with LAFC on the 2019 season.”

Lopez named new president of 3252

The members of the club’s expansive supporters’ system voted Jimmy Lopez to be president of the 3252, the overarching organization in charge of fan support, for the upcoming 2019 season. His election was the first in the supporters’ new process of democratically selecting a leader each year. Lopez will be in charge of leading chants and cheers in games, but the role of the president of the 3252 runs much deeper than simply showing up for matches. Throughout the season, he will be expected to maintain the excitement surrounding the team, and to continue to build the fanbase — win or lose.

Lopez previously served as the president of the Black Army 1850, one of the original supporters groups for LAFC that predates the team’s first roster and the completion of its stadium. He was honored as the honorary falconer at the team’s last preseason game on Saturday.

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